What you need to know:
- Bruichladdich (pronounced bru-kla-dee) is releasing an all new Micro Provenance series right here in Singapore and Malaysia.
- The first bottle will be a 10 year old second-fill ex-Syrah wine barrel matured unpeated whisky and there will be 144 bottles released in each country.
- Bruichladdich has a big focus on “knowing where your whisky comes from” and what goes into your bottle. They exclusively use organic barley.
- We expect this bottle to be big, bold, chewy, much like bacon, rosemary and thyme, fruity, featuring blackberries and cranberries, clean, crisp and fresh. Will go great with a nice lamb shank or sirloin steak.
Bruichladdich (say bru-kla-dee in your best Scottish impression) is debuting their all new Micro Provenance (MP) series right here in Singapore (and Malaysia). This will make it Southeast Asia’s first release of the MP series.
It’ll kick off with a 10 year old second-fill ex-Syrah wine barrel matured unpeated whisky that was first juiced in 2010. Phew that was a mouthful…
It was specially bottled for the two sunny equatorial countries with only a mere 144 bottles available in each country so you’re gonna wanna be fast on this one.
What’s really worth paying attention to is that each cask in the Micro Provenance series will throw in the mix variables in its age, storage location, type of cask, for example, which should make for a very interesting experience and keep fans guessing and clamoring for the next bottle.
Bruichladdich Micro Provenance Cask #1898 will be bottled at a cask strength of 59.5% ABV.
A limited edition Bruichladdich Bundle will also be available for purchase at The Straits Wine Company, which will include the staple Classic Laddie, and also the more esoteric Islay Barley 2011, Organic Barley 2010 and of course the bottle of the moment the new Micro Provenance 10 year old. They’ll even throw in a free Bruichladdich Glencairn whisky glass, which is always nice to have. It’ll be retailed at SGD$628 which seems like a pretty good deal for 4 bottles of whisky and a whisky glass.
This is definitely one to look out for and I fully anticipate it’ll be sold out before I can even finish saying the bottle’s name.
Fun fact: Did you know Bruichladdich actually means “corner of the beach” and that’s because it’s located off the island of Islay (which also means island) and is accessible by ferry. Wonderfully gorgeous place!
Bruichladdich means “corner of the beach” in Gaelic. How picturesque no? Wouldn’t you like to show up for work here on a Monday? (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Bruichladdich has been fairly popular with their baby blue opaque whisky bottles that are pretty eye-catching, but actually they run two other lines of whisky, Port Charlotte and Octomore. Port Charlotte is a much more peated version of Bruichladdich and Octomore is an exceptionally peated version of Bruichladdich (I kid you not it tastes like bacon).
Increasingly we hear about whiskies focusing on provenance and even more recently, terroir. This is especially from the all new Irish Waterford Distillery, whose core motto is about the barley and the exact farm it comes from, which by the way was started by Mark Reynier, who….tadah… is also credited for building up Bruichladdich. And so it is right here at Bruichladdich that this idea of using organic barley started.
Bruichladdich uses organically grown barley so as to better express the local environment in all its purity, which is something I really like about them. I’ve found their whiskies to be a lot more crisp and sharp and much more intense, whilst at the same time delivering great clean flavors.
So if there’s anything you should know about the distillery is that they are all about that “know where your whisky comes from!” thing and so there’s a lot of focus on what goes into your bottle.
This particular MP bottle is matured in ex-Syrah wine casks, which are known to be very smoky and sport flavors like bacon, herbs, red and black fruits, and can be quite peppery. Syrah is a notoriously big-bodied dry red wine that goes well with lamb and steaks. I think this will go very well with Bruichladdich’s clean crisp whiskies and I expect the whisky to be somewhat like it’s sister Octomore, but also much fruitier, which I’m fairly sure is gonna be a hit.
With that, Kanpai and happy hunting!